Influential Palace Figure Has Officially Left The Club

1 Posted by - September 5, 2018 - News

Having been a notable absence from the Palace touchline in the opening weeks of the 2018-19 season, Steven Reid yesterday announced that he is leaving his coaching role with the club following a change in personal circumstances. 

Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Reid is most widely known for his connections with Millwall, who he played for both as an academy prospect and a professional, breaking into the Lions’ squad in 1998 before going on to make over 150 appearances for them in a five-year spell as part of the first-team. 

Moves to Blackburn, West Brom and Burnley followed, as did a seven-year association with the Republic of Ireland national team, for whom he made 23 appearances and scored two goals between 2001 and 2008. 

Having called time on his playing career in May of 2015, Reid was named as Reading’s first-team coach the very next month, staying until July of 2017, when he left the Royals to “pursue new challenges”. It took until September for him to take up the post of first-team coach under Hodgson at Selhurst Park, helping the former England boss dig the Eagles out of relegation trouble to finish in a highly creditable 11th place the following May. 

Whilst it goes without saying that the gaffer, the players, our supporters and the board would all have loved to see Steven stay on for another season, his personal choices must be respected. One or two people have voiced concerns over the vagueness of his departure but for me, a man’s private decisions don’t need to be scrutinised in a public setting. 

Whether or not the club will look to source a direct replacement for Steven is as of yet unknown but in the immediate future, I have no doubt in saying that his presence will be missed both by everyone of a red and blue persuasion. 

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4 Comments

  • tzcar September 5, 2018 - 7:54 am Reply

    is it not a coincident that reid leaves and palace fall apart.for me roy looks short of idea,s that maybe reid could have supplied.he may be a big miss for us.i hope roy get,s his act together with this break.i for one are far from impressed with how his got palace performing on the park,and this cannot go on for much longer.

    • Gordon September 5, 2018 - 8:43 am Reply

      True – our performance against Southampton was dire and we deserved to lose. I’d approached that game with great optimism because imho we’d played well for large periods of the games against Fulham, Liverpool & Watford and deserved more than 3 points from them. Our passing & movement looked quite slick and we’d still got Meyer, Ayew & Kouyate reserve waiting to contribute a full 90 minutes. My optimism deflated as soon as Wilf’s omission from the team sheet was announced. So, yes, we need him back asap and I think it’s time for a tactical change because I for one have now lost patience with Benteke. Do we need a tall, muscular striker? We did well with Zaha & Townsend upfront last season. Ayew can play as a CF or winger & I think the 3 could together provide a fast and fluid attacking force well capable of terrorising many opposing defenders. Have Benteke on the bench and use him if required as an impact sub.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh September 5, 2018 - 9:19 am Reply

    When Reid joined, Roy said he liked the having a younger coach to bounce ideas off and also to help communicate with players who are 50 years younger than himself.

    Hopefully another similar coach will step up and fill the void. Maybe time for Paddy Mac to step up?

    If not Butterfield is the assistant to Tisdale and has great experience with yong players due to coaching at Exeter.

    • Eric The Ninja September 5, 2018 - 4:46 pm Reply

      Bringing back Butterfield is a great idea! I will never forget that perfect hat trick.

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